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Mysore Fashion Week: Mother Nature rules


The second season of Mysore Fashion Week brought together several collections themed around mother nature and the need to go back to eco-friendly products. A report.

Karnataka hosted the second season of Mysore Fashion Week (MFW) on September 4-6, 2015. The show brought together splendour collections themed around mother nature and the need to go back to eco-friendly products.

The quiet town of Mysore bustled with renowned designers from across the country including Roopa Gangadhar, Jayasubeishaa, Robert Naorem, Almaz Sayed, Sanjukta Dhutta, Pinky Kachchela, Ashok Maanay, Mahe Ayyapan, Jayanthi Ballal, Fashion Designer and Founder of MFW and students from the Dream Zone Creative School. Hong Kong based designer, Mona Shroff also showcased internationalcollections at the third day of the event.

Paon mitra
‘Paon’ means peacock in French and ‘mitra’ means angel in Persian, Jayasubeishaa’s collections was a perfect blend of French and Persian styles as well as patterns. The designs were sketched, designed, created and woven with a touch of modernity to a traditional garment. The modern twist in the garments were inspired from nature to give a global, trendy yet exotic look.

Wild flowers
Inspired by the vibrant natural colours of the wild and resilient mountain flowers, Roopa Gangadhar’s collection had a variety of chiffons, crepes and georgettes with floral prints carefully played around with nets and tulles. The garments were embellished with beads, mirror work and pearls to give the feel of a starry night and late summer showers.

Wake up India to north-east
A graduate in psychology, Robert Naorem, who is also a passionate make up artist, promotes the philosophy to adopt and promote handloom and eco-friendly fabrics. His collection, ‘wake up India to north-east’ is a plea to bring attention to his home town in Manipur. The collection has a variety of handmade net sarees in contrasting colours. Using chiffons, crepes, georgettes and net sarees, the collection was also modern with a traditional connection.

Bengaluru-based designer Mohan Gowda presented his collection titled ‘ZivA’.The collection was a compilation of evening gowns in gold, nude peach ruffles in smoked nets. Collections also had rani pink, tangerine orange, purple on gowns and cocktail dresses that were embellished with gold borders in sequins and embroidery for Indian bridal, couture and western wear.

Moda Click
Showcasing a collection of mix ‘n’ match in blouses and skirts as well as evening gowns, sarees and jackets, Moda Click, a label designed by Almaz Syed had an aura of chic royalty. The gowns were heavily jewelled and the sarees were mostly chiffon with net and cutwork lace pallus. Jackets were in velvet and beaded with multi hued stones. The designer used mostly rani pink, ivory creme, nude gold, red, mint green and midnight blue for a royal touch.

Mekhla Chador
Assamese designer, Sanjukta Dutta, customised the Assamese ‘Mekhla Chador’ which is a two piece traditional wear for women in the north east. Working with over 100 looms, the designer’s collection has a wide choice of silk along with different coloured silk threads ranging from orange, blue and yellow apart from the Assamese traditional colours of red, black and muga silk colours. The models were seen wearing Mekhla Chadors that were unique and hand crafted through a rigorous 45 day production cycle and draped with tasselled head ornamentation.

Mona Shroff
Hong Kong-based designer, Mona Shroff choreographed models dancing to a jazz theatrical drama by Achla Sachdev, showcasing her fusion of contemporary jewellery by Rajeev Mehta on her garments of white, black and royal red gowns. The collections had shells stitched into floral patterns, gold plated metal on treated wood, acrylic flowers with rubber, hand painted banana fibre treated against termites. The entire collection was made in the Philippines with hand made pieces sourced from Brazil and semi-precious stones from Madagascar as well as 18 carat gold plating.

Luscious Pastels
A collection of A-line, mini dresses, pencil skirts, trouser suits and cocktail dresses, the Luscious Pastel collection designed by Pinky Kachchela, had shades of pastels and floral prints with minimal details of embroidered and sequinned colours like aero blue, almond, beige, sea blue, mint green, baby pink and earth yellow. Kachchela had also showcased a casual collection for men in dhoti trousers and capris on the runway.

Themed around the coronation ceremonies of the maharaja, his Highness Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar, designer Ashok Maanay created his collection called ‘Regalia’, featuring old designs and vibrant colours that were reminiscent of Indian royal heritage. Maanay’s collections are generally themed around designs and colours that he found in the wardrobe of his parents and grandparents who attended royal weddings during their time. Models were seen adorned in sherwanis, turbans, dhoti trousers, sarees, ghagra cholis and anarkalis.

The dream valley
Focusing on easy to wear, fluid and feminine garments in off beat colours, Mahe Ayyappan’s ‘Dream Valley’ collection was designed for the unconventional bride. The models wore pastel hues with floral silhouettes and designs that represent romance.

Say no to zoos
Fashion Designer and Founder of MFW, Jayanthi Ballal’s collection was a bold message to discourage people to visit zoos. Models on the ramp were dressed in tiger outfits and locked in cages, they were set free by Bollywood actor and show stopper, Soha Ali Khan. She had teamed up with PETA for their campaign against the imprisonment of animals in zoos. The models were seen holding placards that read, ‘wild animals belong in the wild. not in zoos’ and ‘no more cages. say no to zoos’.

Student collections
Popular fashion institute, Dream Zone Creative School had young student designers showcasing their talent at Mysore Fashion Week. Ballal shared that it was her endeavour to provide a platform for the generation next in order to promote young talent in the fashion industry who have been trained in pattern making, garment construction, knowledge in textile design, fashion merchandise and fashion management.